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OIA Applauds House Passage of 2 Key Bills to Protect America’s Culturally, Geographically and Visually Vital Public Lands

October 30, 2019

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BOULDER, Colo., October 30, 2019 – Today, the full House passed the Grand Canyon Centennial Protection Act (H.R. 1373) and the Chaco Cultural Heritage Area Protection Act (H.R. 2181). Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) released the following statements applauding the passage of these vitally important public lands bills.

Grand Canyon Centennial Protection Act (H.R. 1373)

“Few places define the iconic American West more than the Grand Canyon of the Colorado River and its surrounding landscape,” said Patricia Rojas-Ungar, vice president of government affairs at OIA. “The outdoor recreation industry has strongly supported the mineral withdrawal prescribed in the bill to protect water quality and the trails and climbing areas within the withdrawal area – we applaud the House for passing this hugely important legislation and urge the Senate to swiftly do the same to make these protections permanent.”

Chaco Cultural Heritage Area Protection Act (H.R. 2181)

“Getting outside to play and recreate is hugely important for Americans, but just as important is getting outside to decompress and quietly recreate. The Chaco Cultural Heritage Area is one of those places where that is possible because of its significant cultural, historic, conservation and recreation uniqueness,” said Patricia Rojas-Ungar, vice president of government affairs at OIA. “OIA thanks the House for the passage of the Chaco Cultural Heritage Area Protection Act, which will protect this culturally valuable area from development, and asks the Senate to do the same.”

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Based in Boulder, Colo., with offices in Washington, D.C., Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) is the leading trade association for the outdoor industry and the title sponsor of Outdoor Retailer. OIA unites and serves over 1,300 manufacturer, supplier, sales representative and retailer members through its focus on trade and recreation policy, sustainable business innovation and outdoor participation. For more information, visit outdoorindustry.org.

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